Saturday, October 25, 2008

Why We Care- Meaghans Story

This Blog is connected to our coffee website which IS OPEN AND READY FOR ORDERS. We are going to be giving back by donating $$$ to various cancer charities. Read below to find out WHY we are doing this. To find out how you can get $$ for the charity of your choice keep on reading. If you participate you could raise tons of money for the charity of YOUR choice!

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Why We Care:

Meaghan was a young, healthy vibrant 28 year old attending law school in the winter of 2006. During her second year of classes she began feeling ill. She went to numerous doctors looking for help. Each doctor suggested it was all in Meaghan’s head; maybe she was depressed, mentally ill or over-stressed. Because she had always been healthy and was young the doctors assumed nothing serious could be wrong. Enduring extreme pain, bleeding and exhaustion Meaghan kept returning to her doctors looking for help. Still no one did anything to address any of her health issues. Meaghan’s symptoms became worse with each passing day. No one believed she was ill and so she continued to attend classes and tried to live a normal life. Eventually the pain became unbearable so she drove herself to the ER.

The doctors at the Emergency Room also suggested Meaghan’s pain was all in her head. However, they were required to give a CT scan due to the symptoms she complained of. The CT scan showed Meaghan’s pain was not in her head. She had a large tumor on her cervix. The tumor had grown so large it crushed her ureters causing her kidneys to rip open. In February 2007 Meaghan was finally diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer, stage 3b. The same doctors that had told her she was fine were now telling her and her family that Meaghan would not survive this.

Meaghan decided not to give up but rather to fight. After two weeks of hospitalization and blood transfusions Meaghan was flown to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston Massachusetts. Upon arriving the doctors were both amazed and horrified. Amazed at this young woman’s spirit and horrified at the pain she was forced to endure. Teams of doctors attended Meaghan in an effort to diminish her pain and save her life. Meaghan underwent chemo, internal & external radiation as well as numerous surgeries. With only a 20% chance of surviving Meaghan and her doctors fought hard against cancer. In July 2007 she won her battle and was cancer free.

Although she won her fight Meaghan continues to struggle against the secondary effects of her treatments. Cancer has changed her life forever. Meaghan returned to law school and is set to graduate in December 2008.

Without the love, care and attention Meaghan received at Dana Farber Cancer Institute she would not have survived. Because of this Meaghan has dedicated herself to raising awareness and supporting Cancer Institutes. To learn more about Meaghan and her story visit her blog at www.cancerlost.blogspot.com

We at G.T.B understand Meaghan’s story is not unique. There are many men and women fighting battles against cancer. Get The Bean wants to do what we can to help fight cancer. We have decided to donate a portion of our proceeds to various cancer charities.

This is how it works:

  1. Tell us about yours or a loved ones battle against cancer
  2. We will then post your story on G.T.B Fights Cancer Blog
  3. Each month we will pick one story to feature
  4. If we pick your story you get to pick your favorite G.T.B coffee flavor
  5. Next you must pick a Cancer Charity you want G.T.B to donate proceeds to.
  6. For the next year we will donate .50 for every bag purchased of your chosen flavor to your chosen charity.


flip flops and pearls said...

Praise God for your health M!! And OMGosh.....2 months til you graduate from Law School!! That is just awesome!!!

Prayers for health, your new business & graduation!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

WOw - I know that this is such a scaled down version of your story, but is it truly unbelievable. Congrats on kicking some butt (and hopefully those doctor's who told you it was in your head.)

Lil This Lil That said...

You are a beautiful person, not to mention strong! :) I took a look at your personal site as well as GetTheBean.com (yum!) and your cancer site. I wanted to pass along a friend I met that is currently fighting Breast Cancer. She is just had Stage 6 of Chemo (I think that's right). Thought maybe you could be of some encouragement to her! You can find her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/profile.php?id=1199811846)
O yeah.. and thanks for the kind comments on my blog! I am SO excited about the coffee contest :) Bottoms up! LOL

biz319 said...

Wow - amazing story! Glad you are okay now!

I'll check out your coffee too! :D

Neen said...

I am in tears here reading Meaghan's story, my husband is winning his fight with large b cell lymphoma. It is like I re live all over again when I hear someone else's story. Cancer is a nasty nasty creature, I am so happy Meaghan that you are doing well.

What you are doing by donating proceeds of the sales is such a wonderful wonderful thing. I will be passing your store's site on to everyone I know because of it. Thank you.

Power Up Love said...

This makes me worry about my wife. She's seen sevral doctors, and it's sort been the same story. I'm going to have her read this post.

I invite you to share you story at www.PowerUpLove.com

May God Bless...

Mikki Black said...

Meaghan -

Thanks for the shout at my blog. I don't mind the sharing. I lost a dear dear friend just a few years back, and now I'm dealing with an incurable auto-immune disorder myself.

But I refuse to pity myself, and do my best to avoid all complaining, too.

Also, what a bonus that you sell coffee! I <3 Coffee! I'm gonna order some ASAP!

Hang in there. Stay strong, keep fighting!